Over the years, more and more home owners and home builders have become aware of the benefits of using metal roofing materials. This is proven by studies conducted by the National Roofing Contractors Association. Metal roofing usage has increased over the past ten years.
Because of this, more metal roofing materials are distributed in the market. These are very different from the tin barn roofs home owners and home builders have used in the past.
Due to the need for a stable home, high technology has provided the answers for the customers’ need to a fire-resistant, durable and lightweight roofing material that at the same time will look good when installed in their home.
Advantages of Metal Roofing Materials
There are many reasons why home owners opt for metal roofing.
Durability. Once metal roofing has been properly installed, it can last as long as the house can. It completely seals out water from entering. It can also survive high wind and can shed snow easily. Metal roofing resists fire, insects, rot and mildew. That’s why most metal roofing come with a strong warranty. That is because companies know that their products can last from 20 up to 50 years.
Light Weight. Metal roofing is lightweight when compared to other materials such as tile or concrete. Generally, metal roofing is from 50 up to 150 pounds for each square. In fact, some types of metal shingles can be applied over an existing roof without tearing it off, thus adding support for the structure.
Ease of Installation. Metal roofing is so easy to install that the next thing you know, you have already done it. Accomplished contractors do not have to waste too much time on the job because metal roofing can be installed fast. This is perfect for emergencies, such as when you need to install a strong roof quickly because a huge storm is on the way. The process of installing it only takes a day or two.
Fire Resistance. Metal roofing is given a class A rating because it is non-combustible. You should ask your contractor whether the roof you chose is classified under the group of metal roofing materials that will not ignite under intense heat.
Low Heat Absorption. It has been mentioned that metal roofing can reflect heat effectively. Because of this, it minimizes the heat that is absorbed during midday. Metal roofing also has a structural system that uses dead-air space found between the roof deck and the metal which increases the energy efficiency.
Disadvantages of Metal Roofing Materials
You should also be aware of the disadvantages in choosing metal roofing for you to to make the right choice.
Cost. Generally, metal roofing prices are similar to other materials that are sold for about $150 up to $600 for each square. The idea is that you get what you pay for, therefore you can invest on more expensive materials, as long as you know that you would be staying in your house for a long time to come.
Noise. Take for example the sound of the falling rain. For some people, this is romantic while for others, this can be annoying. Therefore, you have to remember that having metal roofing means that the noise is louder compared to other roofing materials. However, noise can be regulated by using roofing materials that contain structural barriers which minimize the drumming effect.